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 for Blende
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sphalerite \Sphal"er*ite\, n. [Gr. ??? slippery, uncertain. See
     Blende.] (Min.)
     Zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false
     galena, etc. See Blende
     (a) .
         [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blende \Blende\, n. [G., fr. blenden to blind, dazzle, deceive,
     fr. blind blind. So called either in allusion to its dazzling
     luster; or (Dana) because, though often resembling galena, it
     yields no lead. Cf. Sphalerite.] (Min.)
     (a) A mineral, called also sphalerite, and by miners mock
         lead, false galena, and black-jack. It is a zinc
         sulphide, but often contains some iron. Its color is
         usually yellow, brown, or black, and its luster resinous.
     (b) A general term for some minerals, chiefly metallic
         sulphides which have a somewhat brilliant but nonmetallic
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely
           of zinc sulfide in crystalline form [syn: zinc blende,
           blende, sphalerite]

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